Samantha Plante ’17
- What are you doing currently?
- My name is Samantha Plante, and I am a part of the Visitation Class of 2017. Currently, I am a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, studying Global Studies with a concentration on Human Rights. Next year I will be working for a non-profit in Washington D.C. dedicated to the reproductive healthcare of incarcerated women with plans to attend law school after (though that is dependent on my LSAT scores haha).
- How has your experience at Visitation shaped your life?
- My experience as a member of a close-knit community like Visitation inspired me to pursue organizations in college that also commit to a community-centered focus such as the UChicago Community Service Center which works among the neighborhood Hyde Park. Additionally, I valued the all-girl experience and the encouragement and support I felt from my classmates and teachers as a woman. Likewise, I am a member of the organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), where I along with other female students mentor middle school girls every Friday, discussing topics like body positivity, healthy relationships, and more. For my own personal comfort, I am a Hermana of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Latina cultural sorority, where I have met INCREDIBLE women who have served as great role models. Without my years at Visitation, I do not know if I would find the same value in all-girl groups.
- What would your advice be to current students at Vis?
- My advice to current students would be that everything will be ok! While I certainly understand the stress of schoolwork and the future, I know that members of the community like Vis won’t let us fail and that ultimately, we’ll be alright!